Arctic Council

As the ice goes, Arctic nations find their bonds are tested

May 13, 2019

In the end, the eight nations of the Arctic Council signed a short statement, affirming their commitment to peace and cooperation. But two major issues loomed over the Arctic Council meeting in Finland this week, and they pull at the seams of Arctic unity.

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Our guest on Our Community today is Nils Andreassen, Executive Director of the Institute of the North, the entity partnering with the Anchorage Museum to host the North by North Summit and Festival 

Andreassen says the festival puts the focus on the North by Northerners - addressing the concerns and celebrating strengths through our own unique perspectives as  Northern people, as well as sharing solutions with the world.  

Andreassen says Sustainable Development goals are a focal point for the Institute of the North with 


The lack of running water and flush toilets in more than three thousand Alaska homes causes health problems, but another issue looms even larger:  that’s the effects of climate change on drinking water sources. That’s according to scientists at the international Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes conference in Anchorage this week. 

Feb. 15, 2016

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski leads field hearing of Energy Committee in Bethel

By the Associated Press

U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will join a host of state and federal officials in Bethel today to talk rural energy needs.

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski is holding a field hearing of the U.S. Senate Energy Committee, which she chairs. The hearing will focus on alternative energy projects throughout the state – as well as the continuing challenge of high rural energy costs.

Feb. 8, 2016

Honesty about our history important to healing racial divisions

By Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – Anchorage

The First Alaskans Institute hosted a conference last week on racial equity. Keynote speakers gave presentations then people in groups of six to ten discussed questions prompted by the talks.

Eight-nation Arctic Council meets in Anchorage

Governor Bill Walker’s administration opposes tribes taking “land into trust.”

Monday the Alaska Department of Law filed a brief appealing court rulings in the Akiachak vs Jewell, Secretary of the Department of Interior lawsuit, which was first filed in 2006 by five Alaska tribes and an individual.

Climate change will shape U.S. Coast Guard cadets' careers more than earlier generations says President

President Obama discussed Alaska, climate change, and Arctic issues in a speech last week [May 20] at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy commencement. He told cadets they’re part of the first generation of officers to begin their service in a world where the effects of climate change he says are so clearly upon us.

5/25/15 Public expresses frustration with Legislators

May 25, 2015

Legislators get an earful:  “stop playing”

By Alexandra Gutierrez, APRN

Friday for the first time since the regular session adjourned in April, a legislative committee took verbal testimony from the public.

The House Finance committee allotted three hours for input on the state operating budget, and more than 80 people spoke. The meeting opened with a series of former foster children coming to the microphone, and asking for more funding for social workers at the Office of Children’s Services.

House and Senate negotiators have rejected negotiated pay increases for more than a dozen labor union contracts for the upcoming fiscal year. A conference committee on the operating budget met for the first time in days today, to close out the item on the pay increases. A companion bill to that, to repeal scheduled cost-of-living adjustments for certain state workers not covered by unions, has passed the Legislature.repeal scheduled cost-of-living adjustments for certain state workers not covered by unions, has passed the Legislature.